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Dr. Payam Rafat
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Fracture (Definition)

A fracture is a broken bone. As there is cartilage at the end of many bones at the joint, a fracture may also include a break in the cartilage. Fractures and broken bones are the same thing. It seems that many believe that a "fracture" is a lesser injury or an incomplete break in the bone, but this is not correct. Fractures may be displaced or ...Read more


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Treatment for undisplaced fracture or bone bruise of posterior medial talus and articular surface, and minor bone bruise distal calcaneous?

Treatment for undisplaced fracture or bone bruise of posterior medial talus and articular surface, and minor bone bruise distal calcaneous?

See orthopedic surg: Please see an orthopedic surgeon. Most likely need to be on crutches for a number of weeks. May need to wear a cast or boot as well. Some taler fractures also result in AVN which prolong the treatment course. ...Read more

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How painful is a broken bone injury or dislocation?

How painful is a broken bone injury or dislocation?

Bone injury: Depends on the location, the extent & whether it is closed or compound. ...Read more

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Torn cartlidch from wrist bone?

Torn cartlidch from wrist bone?

Wrist: Sounds like tfcc, or triangular fibrocartilage complex tear. Consider initial splint/rest/nsaids, etc. Conservative treatment first, before considering arthroscopic removal, debridement, or repair. ...Read more

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What takes the longest to heal torn muscle, torn ligament, or torn tendon? Area is back and knee.

What takes the longest to heal torn muscle, torn ligament, or torn tendon? Area is back and knee.

Torn muscle: Healing depends on degree of trauma, type of muscle, location of joints, age, and degree of rest. Like wise so many variable. Some doesn't heal at all without surgical treatment. ...Read more

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Can a broken knuckle also cause torn ligaments/tendons?

Can a broken knuckle also cause torn ligaments/tendons?

Yes: An injury can cause damage to the ligaments, tendons and bones at the time of trauma. ...Read more

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Tfcc injured. Will immobilization of the wrist heal cartilage?

Tfcc injured. Will immobilization of the wrist heal cartilage?

Varies: It varies quite a bit, depending in part on the severity of the injury to the TFCC. Some people may have a very mild injury and do fine without even immobilization, while others can have injuries severe enough they need surgery. Initial immobilization is appropriate for many TFCC injuries to see if they will heal. May want to discuss specifics if your injury with your MD. ...Read more

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Where exactly on ankle is a "posteromedial fracture fragment" and a "posterolateral fracture fragment" requiring screws? (Trimalleolar fx).

Where exactly on ankle is a "posteromedial fracture fragment" and a "posterolateral fracture fragment" requiring screws? (Trimalleolar fx).

Trimalleolar fractur: A trimalleolar ankle fracture by definition is an unstable ankle fracture that requires operative fixation. It includes the the distal fibula( lateral maleolous ), the medial distal end of the tibia( medial maleolous ), and the lower end of the tibia in the back of the ankle ( posterior maleolous ). The medial and lateral maleolous typically need fixation. Posterior maleolous only if >25% of joint ...Read more

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Non displaced weber b fracture with partially torn deltoid and aftl ligaments and soft tissue damage in the joint capsule delayed union reasons for it

Non displaced weber b fracture with partially torn deltoid and aftl ligaments and soft tissue damage in the joint capsule delayed union reasons for it

Healing: This type of ankle fracture is a progression of a severe twisting injury to the ankle. It appears that you have had an MRI and every ankle MRI will show ligament injury. These will heal but will also be present on an MRI for a very long time. Clinical healing of a fracture happens sooner then MRI findings show healing. All fractures need 6 weeks at least for solid healing and union. ...Read more

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What can result from a displaced 5th metatarsal fracture and crushed cuboid bone injury?

What can result from a displaced 5th metatarsal fracture and crushed cuboid bone injury?

Many problems: The fact that 3 muscles attach to the fifth metatarsal ( the peroneals) and that the fracture is displaced can cause an imbalance in these muscles and a non-healing fracture of that metatarsal. The peroneus longus passes under the cuboid- this muscle stabilizes the inner foot in gait and this crush fracture can cause problems with walking-- you should see your podiatrist for reconstruction. ...Read more

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Can a torn lcl, ligament in the knee or any other ligament, cause minor dislocations?

Can a torn lcl, ligament in the knee or any other ligament, cause minor dislocations?

Dislocation: An isolated ligament tear in the knee can cause profound instability but rarely if ever a "dislocation" of the knee. Typically you would need at least 3 ligaments torn to cause a dislocation. A single ligament such as the lcl may cause a sense of subluxation (partial separation) of the joint but not a dislocation. ...Read more

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Can a torn ligament heal?

Can a torn ligament heal?

Yes: Soft tissues like ligaments can heal on their own, usually in 3-6 weeks, however they may need to be immobilized or protected while healing and rehabilitated after healing. ...Read more

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Knee injury. MRI report "PCL Avulsion fracture of tibia (6-7mm displacement) with adjacent tibial bone edema. fibers are intact." is surgery needed?

Knee injury. MRI report  "PCL Avulsion fracture of tibia (6-7mm displacement) with adjacent tibial bone edema. fibers are intact." is surgery needed?

Yes, it should if-: -U expect 2 have a functioning knee 4 the rest of Ur life. It can only separate more, & a simple reduction & fixation will do what U want it 2 do, reunite the fragment 2 the tibia. The image is a tear & requires a major reconstruction if not fixed. U risk the fragment becoming a nonunion. ...Read more

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Is my foot broken, bruised or a torn tendion?

Is my foot broken, bruised or a torn tendion?

Go to your Doctor: I am sorry to report but there is nothing in your question upon which to base an answer. But, I do know that anatomy after an injury can in no way be diagnosed on the internet. One needs an exam, in person, and possibly an x-ray. ...Read more

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Would a fx of the lateral malleolus with partially torn aftl and deltoid ligs and soft tissue injury in joint capsule be described as bimalleor ?

Would a fx of the lateral malleolus with partially torn aftl and deltoid ligs and soft tissue injury in joint capsule be described as bimalleor ?

Bimal equival: A single fracture of the lateral malleolus with a displaced, torn deltoid ligament can be described as a bimalleolar equivalent. It's not truly a bimalleolar fracture because there is only one "true" fracture, but because of the deltoid injury/joint displacement, it's treated as a more serious ankle fracture injury. ...Read more

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Can a tendon injury or a ligament injury heal faster?

Can a tendon injury or a ligament injury heal faster?

Normally: A tendon injury will heal faster, but this depends on which muscles or tendons, as blood flow differs in different areas, as well as stresses and specific use injuries. As a very vague, quick answer, i would most likely say tendon as they more often have better blood flow. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Jay
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Ligament Tear (Definition)

Ligaments are defined as collagenn tissue structures that connect bones in and around joints. A classic example is the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee that provides stability o the bones of the knee joint and specifically connects the femur to the tibia. A torn ligament is simply any disruption ...Read more


Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Broken Bone (Definition)

Is it broken or fractured is a question I am often asked. The answer is basically that a broken or fractured bone is the same thing. A fracture means a break in the cortex or the strong layer of outer bone cells. In an adult the average time for that to heal varies greatly but is often considered to ...Read more